White-Collar Careers That Come With High Salaries

Life is stressful enough without having to worry about money. Certain white-collar jobs may be hard to break into, with the amount of required schooling – but they pay very well. Here are a few of the most common.


The career definition of “doctor” is actually quite broad. Being a medical physician can encompass many things. You can be a doctor who operates and owns a local family practice. You can work in the emergency room as a surgeon. You can do plastic surgery for those who can afford such a thing and want to try it out. You can be an anesthesiologist, which is a job that is renowned for being relatively easy but gets paid a whole lot. Regardless of which path you choose – more often than not – being a doctor means you will be handsomely financially compensated. The hard part is choosing which path to go. No matter what, you can expect at least eight years of expensive school, probably more.


In a lot of ways, a lawyer is similar to a doctor. If you choose to be a lawyer, you have to get accepted into law school, and then go through rigorous and expensive processes and tests in order to become fully fledged. You can specialize in many areas – family law, criminal law, immigration law, corporate law, energy law, international law, and more. For example, a criminal defense lawyer negotiates with prosecutors on behalf of clients charged with a crime. While you may not be in a setting that is as traditionally stressful as that of a doctor (dealing with gory and physical traumas, being on-call at all hours of the day and night, working sixteen-hour days, etc.), a lawyer finds themselves responsible for the wellbeing of their client. A mistake on your part could ruin their life just as effectively as a doctor’s. But they also pay just as well.


Here we have the best of both worlds. Working in a corporate setting would likely be less stressful, and you can also make a lot of money. However, it’s also a lot less guaranteed to be as white-collar. Certain programming jobs even might be considered blue-collar by some! It all depends on the company and the position. On the higher end of the spectrum, you can make an exorbitant amount, all from the comfort of an office chair. And it’s always in-demand – individuals with computer science degrees can basically choose where to live.

You shouldn’t necessarily pick a career based on how much money it pays, because you should do what you love. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to be financially comfortable. As hard and as expensive as they can be, these careers will always be worth the effort.

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